Jade Market, Hong Kong

Jade Market, Hong Kong

One of the busiest markets in Hong Kong is the Jade Market. Dealing, of course, in jade jewelry, the Market thus promotes the nation's symbol stone. The range of items on sale here is enormous and includes jade rings, jade animal figures and even jade statues of Buddha. The place is acknowledged for high quality products.

What to buy here: Jade.

While pure jade is not for the light-of-pocket, the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei offers an affordable alternative with its synthetic merchandise. The Jade Market is a covered marketplace with a collection of 400 stalls selling a diverse range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carvings and ornaments. All wares are up for bartering. Prices can start at HK$15 and rise to however much vendors think they can get from the buyer. Always haggle at half the price or less to come to an agreeable compromise. Once you start haggling, it is rude to not purchase the item, so only negotiate if you have true intent to purchase. Caveat emptor, not all stones sold at the Market are natural so novices should make their purchases with a grain of salt. Top quality jade is pure green and very expensive. Most pieces can have a yellow tinge but the finished item should be devoid of brown or grey. The best jade is semi-transparent, while opaque jade with cloudy patches tends to be of less value. The Chinese character for jade translates to beauty and purity. The stone symbolises long life and good health, as such, many traditionalists wear jade to guard against ill health.

The Jade Market is located on Kansu and Battery Streets in Jordan. Opening hours vary between the 400 vendors but the Market is typically open daily, 9am-5:30pm. Jade Street is nearby, located on Canton Road between Kansu Street and Jordan Road. Shops on this Street operate Monday to Saturday, from 10am-4pm. A giant jade stone that weighs three tons acts as a landmark at the junction of Canton Road and Jordan Road.

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Sight Name: Jade Market
Sight Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) containing this sight: Kowloon Orientation Walk, Hong Kong   Souvenir Shopping Part 2  

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